Football Betting Tips
National First Division campaigners, Black Leopards and FC Cape Town will lock horns in the Nedbank Cup last 32 at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday, February 21. Lidoda Duvha are in brimming mood following their 1-0 win over Jomo Cosmos and 5-2 thrashing of Garankuwa United in their last two league matches. FC Cape Town on the other hand have been out of form of late and are still fresh from a 2-0 defeat at the hands of NFD table-toppers, Lamontville Golden Arrows.
Bidvest Wits host Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup last 32 at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday night, February 21. The Clever Boys were losing finalists in the 2014 edition after succumbing to a 3-1 humbling by Orlando Pirates. Gavin Hunt's are are in fine form of late after their recent league and CAF Confederation Cup triumphs and, are also currently in second spot on the league table, 10 points off pace-setters Kaizer Chiefs. Ea LlaKoto are on the lookout to restore some pride after suffering a 2-0 defeat when the sides last met in the ABSA Premiership in November. Kinnah Phiri’s charges are languishing in 13th spot on the PSL standings, and could use the Ke Yona competition to redeem themselves.
Crystal Palace who are placed in 13th place on the English Barclays Premiership table, host Arsenal in what should be an interesting clash at Selhurst Park on Saturday, February 21. The Eagles were knocked out of the FA Cup by Liverpool on Valentine’s Day, and will be hoping to get back to winning ways with the visit of the Gunners. Alan Pardew has changed things for the better since his arrival and will plotting a downfall for the in-form Emirates side. In the opening day of the campaign, Arsene Wenger’s charges narrowly recorded a 2-1 victory over Palace. The Gunners are looking for their eighth victory in nine games since the defeat at Southampton on New Year's Day, and have been further boosted by possible returns of Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the Premier League clash.
Swansea City will square up against Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, February 21, hoping to reproduce the performance that earned them a season-opening victory at Old Trafford, when Ki Sung-yueng and Gylfi Sigurdsson found the net for the Swans as they registered a 2-1 victory. United have lost only once in 19 games, the 1-0 home reverse fixture to Southampton, and are unbeaten outside Manchester since September's shock 5-3 defeat to Leicester City. This tie could see the return of Robin van Persie who missed Monday night's FA Cup 3-1 victory at Preston. The Red Devils are slowly closing the gap between second-placed rivals, Manchester City, with a victory to take them within two points, provided the defending champions lose ground when they host Newcastle United in the later fixture.
West Ham United who enjoyed a fantastic start to the season, face the in-form Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park on Saturday, February 21, looking to close the gap on Liverpool. The Hammers are without a win in their last three Premier League games, but earned a valuable point against Ronald Koeman’s Southampton in their last outing, a 0-0 draw at St Mary's Stadium. Sam Allardyce’s outfit beat Tottenham three times last season and coach Mauricio Pochettino will be aiming to stop them extending that run. Allardyce has now also been hit with a major injury blow to Andy Carroll, who has scored in two of his three Premier League games for West Ham against Tottenham, and is still out with torn ankle ligaments. The Lilly Whites played to a 1-1 draw in the Europa League against Fiorentina and expect to recall Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Mousa Dembele who were rested for the midweek clash. Kane has been an integral part of Pochettino‘s side this season, having scored 11 goals in his last 10 Premier League matches for Tottenham. When the two sides last clashed in August 2014, debutant, Eric Dier scored a dramatic late winner to give Pochettino the perfect start to his career as Spurs boss.
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BLACK LEOPARDS V FC CAPE TOWN
League position: Leopards 9th and FC Cape Town 8th (both in National First Division)
Useful facts: In this battle of two NFD sides, Leopards welcome FC Cape Town to Limpopo. Both outfits are enduring average campaigns in South Africa’s second tier and will welcome a chance for a good run in the Nedbank Cup. Leopards will undoubtedly be strong favourites at home because FC Cape Town aren’t the strongest on their travels. Expect a lively affair in this clash.
Lefa Tsutsulupa: Leopards win on penalties.
BIDVEST WITS V FREE STATE STARS
League position: Wits 3rd and Stars 13th
Useful facts: Wits are chugging along nicely under Gavin Hunt and will no doubt be keen to enjoy a good cup run. Despite assembling a virtually entirely new squad in 2014/15, Hunt has managed to put together an extremely competitive side. This means struggling Stars will likely be under the cosh in Johannesburg.
Lefa Tsutsulupa: Wits home win.
CRYSTAL PALACE V ARSENAL
League position: Palace 13th and Arsenal 5th
Useful facts: It’s London derby time as Palace welcome an improving Arsenal to Selhurst Park. Expect the Eagles to try and batter the Gunners with some physicality and rough stuff. Sometimes Arsenal can be a bit soft when the going gets tough and the studs start flaying, with the players tending to go into their shells to escape the onslaught. However, if Arsene Wenger’s men decide to play the champagne football of which they’re capable, it could be a long afternoon for Palace.
Lefa Tsutsulupa: Arsenal should win this one.
SWANSEA CITY V MANCHESTER UNITED
League position: Swansea 9th and United 3rd
Useful facts: Swansea have established themselves as a top-flight presence who can beat virtually anyone else in the English Premiership on their day, however how they cope long-term without the goals of Wilfried Bony is yet to be determined. Manchester United appear to have a problem of possessing an imbalance of Lefa Tsutsulupas. Sticking Wayne Rooney in midfield to accommodate the misfiring Radamel Falcao just doesn’t seem to make sense. This could be a close affair in Wales.
Lefa Tsutsulupa: Eish, I’ll say a win for Man U.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR V WEST HAM UNITED
League position: Spurs 6th and West Ham 8th
Useful facts: Spurs have to continue winning if they are to keep their top four hopes alive. At the moment it’s a close race and a handful of sides are still in the running to land that much coveted Champions League berth. They will have to come out guns blazing against a solid West Ham side, who are a tough nut to crack and will want to give the Lilywhites a hard time at White Hart Lane.
Lefa Tsutsulupa: Spurs should definitely win.